The white and green team won the offensive bonus with goals from Padovani, Lucchesi and Mendy (dual), while the Scots go home empty-handed.
Benetton starts the United Rugby Championship in the best way: win and offensive bonus. At Monego, Lionel beat Glasgow 33-11 with a convincing performance from start to finish. The first half was brilliant for Portolami’s team, who scored two goals and proved their superiority over the Scots, also thanks to the impressive performance of a player who was on paper an underdog compared to the Warriors. Ferrari and Nimr made themselves great scrum test authors, while in the third row Zuliani and Petinelli were among the best in the business.
The medium was also good, with Duvenage also strong on the foot and Da Re who provided quality both in attack (a great pass for Padovani’s first goal) and in defence. In the second half, Mendy – who after a period of adaptation played a major recovery – and Smith attempted to bring the Lions to a safe distance. In the end, the men from Bortolami resisted a reaction bomb squad From Glasgow, who with people like Fagerson, Cummings, Darg and Price tried to change the game without changing the outcome. Indeed, in the end, Mindy is still the protagonist of the interception who deserves the fourth goal and the bonus point.
We start with the handbrake. Lots of displacement kicks and no danger on either side. In the fight you can see a good fight between Ferrari and Bate, with a free kick from each side. The score moved to 13 minutes with Smith’s penalty allowing the Lions to score first. Glasgow responds with Horn, always off the field, for 3-3.
Portolami’s team puts a lot of pressure on the rendezvous point, and in the 21st minute he steals a ball 5 meters away from Scotland: the attackers keep the ball, then Smith tries it straight, and in the end it is Da Re who finds a great pass in the open sea. Which allows Padovani to mark without disturbing: 8-3.
Glasgow sets out the reaction to the physical confrontation: Several charges straight and in good progress, but that doesn’t lead to anything tangible because Benetton’s defense is holding up well. In addition, the home package puts the Warriors in more and more difficulty with Nemer earning a free kick at 36 minutes against Sordoni: when you connect, Lucchesi leads the blow and Glasgow can do nothing. Blue Bitch and Benetton goal during the break, even if Smith misses turnaround: 13-3.
In the final, the Scots tried to fall short with a streak of pick-and-go, earning a penalty and satisfied with the three points. Horn scored and scored 13-6 in the first half.
In the second half, the boys from Portolami immediately applied pressure, and at the first opportunity they hit. Two good kicks from Duvenage allow you to play at 22 Scots, then Padovani well accommodates Mendy who burns the Chancellor on one-on-one and flies into goal. Smith turns for 20-6.
The South African side extends further from the field for 23-6, with Zanon replacing Mendy. However, poor reception on the next kick off allows Glasgow to play into rivals at 5 metres. Fagerson makes a foul, and on the next free kick, Padovani’s bombshell puts the Chancellor in trouble, who takes it out himself and gives a touch to Benetton.
The pressure is constant. At 52 the brilliant Zuliani leaves the field at Lamaro due to cramps. Ruzza invents a cool desk pad for Padovani, who beats Forbes with a five-a-side game of futsal and unleashes the path of Lucchesi who doesn’t control but manages to serve the Duvenage, who is crushing. However, for Murphy, the prostitute’s pass is made forward, and the attempt is cancelled.
At 58′ Reno Smith sets up a 26-6 penalty kick. Franco Smith relies on bomb squad Brought to the bench, as well as Bryce replacing Horne with a half-scrum. On the other hand, Mindy returns to replace Riera. The green and white pack are struggling, and at 61 Zander Fagerson goes over 26-11.
At 69′ Price he plays a quick free kick and creates space to bring back Glasgow. The ball is on the Chancellor, but Nicotera is very good at handling the Argentine and then taking off just enough to be able to step in on the oval and conquer the spin.
Despite the high quality of the competitors’ changes, Benetton did not give up and fought hard in defense. With time running out, while Glasgow is looking to mark the flag, Mendy intercepts the ball poorly controlled by Dempsey and flies to score the fourth goal for the Lions, who finished the match 33-11 and get 5 points in the presence of an opponent on a very difficult card.
Glasgow Benetton scoreboard
Benetton15 Reno Smith, 14 Eduardo Padovani, 13 Ignacio Prix, 12 Joaquin Riera, 11 Ignacio Mendy, 10 Giacomo da Re, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (captain), 8 Lorenzo Canoni, 7 Manuel Zuliani, 6 Giovanni Pettinelli, 5 Federico Rosa, 4 Scott Scrafton, 3 Simon Ferrari, 2 Gianmarco Luccese, 1 Evan Nemer.
Available: 16 Giacomo Nicotera, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquale, 19 Nicolo Canoni, 20 Michele Lamarro, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Klein, 22 Marco Zanon, 23 Toa Halavihi
Destinations: Padovani 23′, Lucchesi 37′, Mendy 43′, 80′
Shifts: Smith 44, 80
Free kicks: Smith 13′, 48, 57
Glasgow Warriors15 Cole Forbes, 14 Sebastian Cancelleri, 13 Sion Tuipoloto, 12 Stafford McDowall, 11 Kyle Stein (captain), 10 Tom Jordan, 9 George Horn, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Matt Fagerson, 6 Cento Manguezhi, 5 Ritchie Gray, 4 Lewis Beans, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jimmy Bhatti.
Actors: 16 Johnny Matthews, 17 Oliver Cable, 18 Xander Fagerson, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Rory Darg, 21 Thomas Gordon, 22 Ali Price, 23 Duncan Weir.
Mitty: Z. Fagerson 60′
Free kicks: Horne 17′, 40′ + 2
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